The Chalk Board for May 2, 2016

By Sally Absher Cinco de Mayo Carnival at West View Elementary School West View Elementary School will host a Cinco de Mayo Carnival on Friday, May 6th from 4:30-7:00 p.m. to raise funds for the school. There will be games, a dunking booth, Safety City, and fun activities for the whole family, along with traditional […]

TN(never gonna be)Ready

By Sally Absher “Hallelujah!! The entire state of Tennessee Opts Out” reads the headline of the 4/28/2016 Momma Bears blog (mommabears.org). Oh the rich irony! Parents were told they couldn’t opt their kids out, but now if you have a student in grades 3-8, they are all opted out! After repeated glitches, delays, and failure […]

About Those More Rigorous Standards…

By Sally Absher Last week’s Focus article “Fool me twice, shame on me” about Tennessee’s new K-12 educational standards mentions Dr. Sandra Stotsky and Dr. James Milgram, leading experts in K-12 English/Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards, respectively. Stotsky wrote the ELA standards for Massachusetts which were #1 in the nation. Milgram rewrote the terrible […]

Disparities in Educational Outcomes Task Force Shares Draft Recommendations

By Sally Absher sallyabsher@knoxfocus.com Last Thursday the Disparities in Educational Outcomes (DEO) Task Force shared its draft recommendations and gathered additional community input and feedback. The Task Force is comprised of business, community and faith-based members. The group was formed in November 2014, in response to a complaint filed with the U.S. Dept. of Education […]

Josh Smith: Local Product Catches On With Vols

By Alex Norman Tennessee might be known as a power running team, but if they are going to finally get to the next level in the Southeastern Conference in 2016, the passing game must show improvement.  Wide receiver Josh Smith believes that can happen this season. “We all have to be clicking and have that […]

Ah, Spring!

By Joe Rector Ah, the arrival of 80 degree temperatures and daylight arriving before 7 a.m. and departing after 8 p.m. signal the winding down of the school year and the arrival of the best season of the year. Even after all these years, this time brings the most excitement to me. The memories from […]

ANAGRAMS

By Rosie Moore When I was eight years old… uh,oh, here I go delving back in the past again! I think I know, no, I KNOW why I do that so much—because my happiest memories are in the past. This one I’m about to relate is a combination happy and not-so-happy. I loved visiting my […]

Will the Real Mr. Smith go to Washington?

By Dr. Jim Ferguson How do they do it? How do they get up every morning and go out on the campaign trail, do their stump speeches and go to innumerable campaign events? I was sick of the whole process months ago. And we haven’t even begun the final battle of the fall. I’ve heard […]

Locos help Lady Vols get a win and have fun

By Steve Williams Michael Beeler kicked off his flip flops and started buck dancing to the UT softball fans’ singing of “Rocky Top” after Megan Geer’s three-run homer finally gave Tennessee a lead in its own invitational tournament April 24. Beeler is one of the “Locos” and this crazy group of fans was more than […]

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H – A – N – N – A – H

By Ralphine Major Her name can be spelled backwards and still be correct.  That is no problem for Hannah, who can spell a ton of other words besides her name.  Hannah, a fourth grader, won the spelling bee at Gibbs Elementary School this year by correctly spelling “montage!”  Her win should not have been a […]